"Having spent a wet weekend that passes for summer trying, and largely failing, to replicate The Listening Suite’s set-up procedure, it’s clear this is a job for the professionals! The Listening Suite is more than just another suburban hi-fi store. It’s two guys who are passionate about music, offering a new way for music to sound good in the home. And it does sound good. We can all learn from this. Notionally this is something anyone could do themselves, but the level of ear-training and amount of experience David has precludes setting-up to this degree”. “Call in the experts”.
Alan Sircom, Editor, Hifi Plus Magazine
David can optimise your system to a level that any component cost won't make as much difference. He has spent 6 hours here at Midland Audio Exchange optimising a system and showing us the importance of mains power. Anyone interested in really getting the best out of their system, look no further. The Listening Suite are here to help you achieve audio happiness.
John Roberts, Midland Audio Exchange, Uk
It is just a year since you upgraded our Hifi system and I've got to say it has been simply fantastic. The best upgrade by far which still delivers. Your advice has been so valuable and we have enjoyed the results ever since.
Brian O'Neill, The Listening Suite - Customer
Thank you for coming to my home and spending time with men getting the most out of my system. The difference between before and after is astonishing. Not only have the speakers "disappeared" from the listening experience, I'm no longer even conscious of the room itself. At last I have an engaging, balanced, musical, detailed, enveloping soundstage. Previously, I've spent money on cables, interconnects, amps and sources and spent hours tricking around with different positions and permutations, never satisfied that I was optimising what I had. The difference is now clear: This is the best upgrade I could have had. The system has been tuned to the room, minimising any sonic imbalances and impediments, allowing the music to be heard in as pure a form as possible. I've gone to listen a few times since your visit, doubting whether it really can be that different. Each time confirms that yes, it really is. For many audio enthusiasts like myself, the missing link between good and great audio is the setup: specifically the physics of sonic performance in the particular space. You've applied your immense knowledge with musicality at the forefront of your mind throughout. Fantastic result, thanks again.
Shane F, The Listening Suite - Customer
The guys at The Listening Suite absolutely know their stuff. They are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. They spent 3-4 hours with me, ensuring I got the right speakers, amp and record player for my needs. They could have sold me more expensive items but they openly said that for my needs, the items I bought would work best and Wow, where they right. I would seriously recommend these guys and if you're looking for quality Hifi equipment with folks who seriously know their stuff and offer excellent customer service, these are the guys. Hats off to you guys, you really were fantastic and I enjoy the setup you sold me every night! I'll be back again for more, don't you worry.
Enda, The Listening Suite - Customer
David, thanks for the home demo. I really appreciate the time and effort you have taken not just this time but on previous visits to ensure I am getting the sound I want, here are some thoughts on the Sarum cables and the improvements they have made to my system, I have really struggled to put into words just how vast the improvement is.
As you know I had a discussion with you about potentially adding a power amp to my system as I felt that perhaps it would add extra weight and depth, don't get me wrong I am very happy with my current set-up but I was sure my system was capable of more. You rightly said that before adding a power amp we should ensure my current set up is producing music (not just sounds) to the best of its ability and maybe a cable upgrade would be a better approach to start with although a demo of a power amp could also be arranged if I decided on that route, we duly arranged a suitable time for you call to my house.
In my mind I had dismissed the Chord Sarum cables as the costs of the cables compared to the overall cost of my system didn't seem to make sense and I was sure my system was simply not good enough to reap the benefits from such a high quality cable. I decided that the Signature Power Cable was the one I wanted to listen to as I had currently had Chord Signature interconnects. We had a long listening session to the Chord Signature Power Cable after which I made the decision that there was definite improvement and that this was a worthwhile upgrade to my system.
As you were about to leave you offered to let me have a listen just out of curiosity to the Sarum Power cable, how very, very glad I took you up on this offer. I just couldn't believe the vast improvements it brought, I was now sitting in a room with the artist, the band or the orchestra playing live just for me, it was like the curtains had been raised and I had been upgraded from the cheap seats at the back to the expensive front seats. The Sarum cable does not add things like so many other cables do, rather it takes away everything that is blocking what is there already from reaching the speakers and ultimately my ears.
I was impressed with my Moon Ace before this I am simply stunned at how capable it really is and the vast improvements to the music it can now produce simply by allowing it to do what it was designed to do with the addition of the Sarum Power cable. My only way to give some impression by way of analogy of the level of improvement is that it's like listening to a piece of music on a basic portable analogue radio and then listening to the same piece on your Hi-Fi.
This is the level of improvement I have gained by going from a Chord Shawline Power cable to the Chord Sarum Power cable on the same system, as I said I am simply stunned by the improvements.
Roy, The Listening Suite - Customer
I came across the genius of David Browne purely by chance.
Two years ago I was passing the Listening Suite which was located in Terenure at the time, now it’s in Newtownmountkennedy. I had time to kill and I thought, what could be a nicer way to spend the time than to browse the HiFi systems in-store. So in I went and there I found David Browne among an array of HiFi systems that promised to be a pure treat for the ear.
I got chatting to David about my system (not a bad one - but not a great one) and about the various systems in-store. I decided that I wanted to have a proper listen to one of them. David choose a Moon system with Dynaudio Contour 30 speakers. I was blown away. What David demonstrated time and again, over the next hour or so, with various qualities and types of cables, positions of the equipment, and cork under-feet (which cost all of €3 each!) was that it is not merely the system that makes the sound.
Just as important is the system set-up, the cables used, the surface the system is mounted upon (which is where the cork under-feet came in), the position of the speakers to the millimetre, the surface the speakers are mounted upon, the stylus and the stylus set-up (if you are also into Vinyl like me) and of course the room itself, I was hooked.
I bought a new system within two weeks of that! And David installed it for me. I was mesmerised by the whole process of setting up the system. It was poetry in motion. I was watching the birth of my HiFi baby, and David Browne was the Consultant. Skill, patience and expertise was required and David has it all in abundance. I get so much pleasure from my system but it doesn’t end there.
The most valuable thing that I have gained from David is the actual art itself, of Listening to music. David has a way of guiding you through the whole art of really listening to the music by showing you in very simple terms how to listen to the music. It has opened my mind in a huge way – I enjoy a much wider variety of music than I previously did because I actually hear the music now.
And for that alone, I am eternally grateful.
Noel E., The Listening Suite - Customer
The experience of dealing with David and Jonathan at the Listening Suite is impressive because the knowledge, patience and passion they have for delivering a good sound is second to none. They won’t let you take their word for it - they have to prove it to you i.e. make sure you are happy. David invested hours getting the system we bought to meet our "aural" needs and within our budget. He made sure that it was set up to be heard at its best. The only complaint you can make is that he cared too much ! We are now hearing details and subtleties in albums that we hadn’t heard before. So much music now to be listened to again!!”
Michael Feeney, The Listening Suite - Customer
Thank you very much for taking the very considerable amount of time in visiting my home. Your visit was most informative and enlightening. I always felt I could get more from the components I had purchased and you demonstrated that indeed I could. How nice it is to meet someone who has a passion and enthusiasm for the business they are evolved in and the desire to share the enjoyment they get from it with others. I would highly recommend a home visit from The Listening Suite.
David Mercer, The Listening Suite - Customer
It was great. It's certainly a big differentiator in the service that you can bring to the customer base. The trained ear along with the engineering experience makes a huge difference, and brings a lot to the table. I would have been aware already of a couple of weak spots , but as you described, tuning it as one complete system makes a huge amount of sense, and if it's possible to massively increase the capability without substantial outlay, then it's happy days.
Richard Nealon, The Listening Suite - Customer
My HiFi system has taken some investment, not just the actual equipment but also time in researching the components, the setup and the provenience of the music collection I have built and maintain.
After attending a demonstration evening with The Listening Suite, in their Terenure premises and being taken completely aback by the music I was played, I thought “was that the equipment they were featuring in the demonstration or was it the setup and the attention given to speaker and equipment placement, and what I am missing to get that” – it was different to a regular HiFi Show demonstration with a system temporarily setup in a rented room, the soundstage was so wide, the instruments so accurately placed creating such a degree of realism of being in the recording studio, at the mixing desk. I had the album, but my system didn’t quite sound the same – what was I to do, how was I to make the change to get that same level of presentation, realism and emotional deliverance.
So when I saw that The Listening Suite was offering a home visit service, to assess your system, and suggest a course of action to impart their industry knowledge and experience on system setup to extract better performance and improve synergy, I made my request.
So during a Friday afternoon, David came, listened and immediately determined that improvements were to be made. It wasn’t that I had anything wrong, but needed to consider more about the interaction of the room with the system. David also explained that the generic theory can only go so far, that every room and system is different and interacts during the reproduction of the music – the system and most importantant the speakers are like musical instruments and setup is absolutely critical. So the speaker position was widened, existing toe-in changed, a selected track replayed and the difference made discussed, in terms of what had changed, why and was the changed presentation liked. Further small positioning changes continued to be made, producing further improvements. And this was just the initial assessment part of the service, so there is lots more to come with further attention given to all elements, including finally getting someone to determine whether I have setup my turntable up correctly.
What has been already been undertaken, is akin to having elements of system upgraded – there is more energy released, soundstage improved, instrument positioning clearer – much closer to what I had heard back in The Listening Room a few months previously.
For anyone who has invested in their system, and wants to get the most from it, get David over and see what he can do, definitely worth it.
Simon Pepper, The Listening Suite - Customer
David visited my home to offer advice with regard to my hifi system. He demonstrated the importance of speaker positioning and the clear improvements in terms of presentation when using Chord Company interconnects and speaker cables. It was like a 10k upgrade. These guys are very good. For anyone serious about their hifi, this is a no-brainer.
James Curran, The Listening Suite - Customer
The guys will change the way you listen to your system forever. They are amazing and totally professional. Fantastic service, you won't be disappointed.
Mark McElory, The Listening Suite - Customer
The two guys are very knowledgable, have a great range of proper hifi, are super friendly and I found their customer service second to none. Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in audio.
Maurice Fitzgerald - The Listening Suite - Customer
My husband and I spent an incredibly interesting afternoon with David in The Listening Suite.
He knows his sounds like no one we have ever met before.
If you are interested in purchasing a quality sound system from someone who knows his stuff..do yourself a favour and give him a call.
Jackie Keegan Molloy - The Listening Suite - Customer
Jonathan is so nice and knowledgeable!
Offered me great advice and showed some cool stuff even if I wasn't "ready" to buy something from their top-class range.
If you love music systems you need to give it a try, you won't regret it and you'll learn a lot!
Christian Oliver Harris - The Listening Suite - Customer
Thank you so much for taking the time to open my eyes or should I say my ears to some magnificent systems!
Brian Byrne - The Listening Suite - Customer